When it comes to healthy ways of dropping substantial weight quickly, a fruit and vegetable detox diet is a great way to go. What’s so good about this type of diet is that since fruits and vegetables are generally so low in calories, you can eat almost as much as you want without feeling guilty. You can expect to have a bit more energy when you wake up and my favorite aspect is that fruits act as powerful natural appetite suppressants. That means you’re not as likely to be wandering around the kitchen for your midnight snack
Now, the reason that I recommend this type of diet is purely because of the weight loss benefits and not the detox claims. Detoxing makes a whole lot of sense regarding serious toxins inside your body as is the case with alcoholism, but has very little scientific support when talking about “removing common bodily toxins”.
I realize that there’s a ton of debate on this issue, but I’ll stand to say that a common detox should represent consuming healthier substances to feel better and more energetic while awake. Let’s not get wrapped up in new age allegations here.
What Are You Committing To When Going On This Diet?
It’s pretty easy to understand what your primary meals will consist of from the diet’s name alone. To keep things safe, your detox diet should only span 1-3 days maximum. Any longer could mean substantial loss of other vital nutrition. And the only allowable substances that can go into your body are fruits, vegetables, and water.
Here’s a short vegetable list that you might want to refer to since most people find it difficult to discover vegetables that they actually like. These are just my personal preference.
- Spinach Leaves
I’ve heard that you should avoid lettuce during a fruit and vegetable detox because it contributes to water retention, but you can actually counteract this by drinking numerous glasses of water during the course of your short diet.
And yes, potatoes are on the list, but should be consumed sparingly since they contain the most carbohydrates, attributing to more unneeded calories in your body. Always keep that in the back of your mind. If it has too many calories, you probably shouldn’t eat it.
There Are A Couple Recommended Exceptions To This Diet
An easy way to make it through this diet is to fill your meals with lots of salad. But if everything has to be purely veggies and fruits, is there anything you can use for dressing? Yes, oil-based dressings are fine since they’re relatively low in calories and good for you. Ranch dressing, even if it’s low-fat isn’t going to be that healthy.
Plus, I highly recommend drinking a protein shake with each meal to maintain your current muscle tissue. This type of diet is notorious for sacrificing muscle due to the lack of protein so do yourself a favor and keep your muscles replenished.
A popular eating plan that follows similar guidelines is the Cohen Diet where the strategy is to reduce caloric intake by eating less amounts of unhealthy foods (usually containing saturated fats and carbohydrates) and more healthy items with an emphasis on fruits and vegetables. The diet was designed for the average person to commit for the long-term, hence why the average target daily caloric intake is around 1500-1700.
And it’s really easy to keep your caloric intake low since the calories in vegetables and fruits are so low to begin with. For instance, lemon juice, which is commonly mixed with water during a fast only provides around 12 calories from an entirely-squeezed lemon. A lot of people don’t like tomatoes, but they only contain around 25 calories and those things can be big!
Keep in mind however that typically, vegetables contain less calories than fruits since fruits usually contain more sugar. For example a medium-sized pear contains about 120 calories. That’s almost as many calories as a fun-sized bag of sun chips at 140 calories. Reversely, a cucumber weighs in at about 20 calories. Are their more pickles in your future?
A Fruit And Vegetable Detox Diet Might Be The Plan For You
If you get worried about the idea of complicated eating plans, then this might be the diet for you. Just have some fruits, vegetables, and water. On the other hand, if you’re worried about this diet being too restrictive, you might just have to learn to be a little creative with your options.
A tasty dish that’s easy to make is bean salad that only requires black beans, salsa, avocado, onions, and jalapenos. Salsa is okay to have sparingly during this detox since it’s mostly fruits, veggies, and salt anyway.
That’s just one example of how you can stick to the rules and still have plenty of variety. Why not try something new? The only thing you have to lose are those love handles.P.S. If you're interested in the diet that I use when I want to get particularly lean, it's Eat Stop Eat. It's very progressive, and probably not like anything you've tried before.